Instant Replay: Kings blown out by Bucks in Milwaukee

Instant Replay: Kings blown out by Bucks in Milwaukee


The short-handed Kings dropped their fourth straight game Saturday night, falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in embarrassing fashion by a final of 117-91 at the Bradley Center. 

Like 13 other NBA teams, the Kings passed on forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 2013 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-11 stat stuffer ran circles around the Kings on his way to a 17-point, 8-rebound, 8-assist near triple-double performance. He added four steals and a blocks in his 25 minutes of action for head coach Jason Kidd. 

With the “Greek Freak” carving up the Kings defense, Mirza Teletovic found soft spots all around the perimeter. He caught fire in the first half, pouring in 16 of his 22 points during a wild shooting barrage before the intermission. Teletovic finished the night 7-of-9 from behind the arc. 

Jabari Parker hit the Kings for 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting and Matthew Dellavedova kicked in 10 points and four assists in the win. 

DeMarcus Cousins was without his right-hand man Rudy Gay, who missed the game due to a rib issue. He still managed to post numbers, but the Bucks doubled him all night long, including away from the ball. Cousins finished the night with 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 28 minutes. With the game completely out of hand, the two-time All-Star didn’t play in the fourth.

With Gay sidelined, Omri Casspi picked up his first start of the season and brought much needed energy. Unfortunately, it didn’t equate to Gay-type production. Casspi finished the night with six points on 3-for-8 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. 

Garrett Temple added 19 points and played aggressive defense off the Kings’ bench. Newly signed Jordan Farmar hit 3-for-8 from long range on his way to nine points and seven assists in his first regular season game in a Kings uniform.

Arron Afflalo couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. Despite having plenty of open looks, the Kings starting shooting guard went just 2-for-10 from the floor on his way to seven points. Through seven games, the 30-year-old shooting guard has hit double-digits in scoring just once. 

Rookies Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis made their NBA debuts in the blowout loss. Labissiere scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds, while Papagiannis finished the night with two points, one rebound and three fouls in four minutes. 

Teletovic is a marksman. The 30-year-old Bosnian looked like he was tossing stones into the ocean, hitting his first five 3-point attempts on his way to a 22-point night off the Bucks’ bench.  


This game was over when it was announced that Rudy Gay was out. Without their second leading scorer, Sacramento had no chance to keep up with the high-octane Bucks. Sacramento trailed early, but Milwaukee turned the screws on them in the third quarter, outscoring the Kings 29-15 for a 27-point lead going to the fourth. 


Rudy Gay missed his first game of the season with strained rib cartilage. He was joined on the sidelines by Anthony Tolliver who has a knee issue. Darren Collison missed his seventh straight game due to suspension. 


Sacramento finishes off their five-game road trip with a trip up north to face the Toronto Raptors. They return home following the game where they will take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. 

After upsetting Warriors, Kings battle schedule with fifth game in seven days


After upsetting Warriors, Kings battle schedule with fifth game in seven days

No break. After a surprising win Friday night on the road over the Warriors, the Kings hopped a flight to Utah where they’ll face the Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back Saturday evening. 

Buddy Hield came out firing off the Kings bench against Golden State, scoring 22 points on 5-of-10 shooting from long range. The shooting guard added seven rebounds and seven assists in one of his more complete games of the season.

Utah is in a fight for playoff position. They are currently tied with the Spurs for the seventh spot in the Western Conference chase, just a half game behind the Pelicans for the six seed. The Jazz have won eight straight and 20 of their last 22 games. 


Jazz by 15.5


Kings vs. The Pick-and-Roll -- Utah is one of the better pick-and-roll teams in the league. Rookie Donovan Mitchell is explosive and patient at the guard position and Rudy Gobert is a monster rolling to the rack. The Jazz have shooters all around the perimeter waiting for the kick out. This is a very good team playing at an elite level right now.


Kings: 23-47, fourth place in Pacific

Jazz: 39-30, fourth place in Northwest


Kings: SG/SF Iman Shumpert (plantar fasciitis) out, F Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Jazz: PG Ricky Rubio (knee) probable, C Tony Bradley (concussion) questionable, PG Raul Neto (wrist) out, SF Thabo Sefolosha (knee) out.


Rookie Watch -- Mitchell has been spectacular this season for Jazz. The Kings will combat the high-flying rookie with a pair of first-year guards of their own in Fox and Bogdanovic. It’s not often that a player comes into the league and makes an impact on a franchise like Mitchell has in his first NBA season.

The Gobstopper -- Gobert is a monster in the post. He plays the pick-and-roll to perfection with Mitchell and he is an absolute force on the defensive end. Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos will have to make his work on both ends of the court if the Kings have a chance of upsetting the Jazz. 

Put up a Fight -- This is the fifth game in seven nights for the Kings. It’s also a brutal back-to-back, with less than 24 hours between games. The key to this game is to escape with the team’s health intact, but it would be nice if they could make a strong showing in a difficult situation.


The Jazz hold a 2-0 advantage in the season series and they’ve won four straight over the Kings. Utah leads the all-time series 104-82 and holds a 81-49 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

Bogdanovic, Kings look to beat Warriors at Oracle for second time this season


Bogdanovic, Kings look to beat Warriors at Oracle for second time this season

No rest for the weary. The Kings hit game four of their five games in seven nights stretch. They’ll draw a beat up, but dangerous Golden State Warriors team Friday night at Oracle Arena.

Sacramento is coming off a wild overtime win against the playoff bound Miami Heat on Wednesday. De’Aaron Fox hit a floater as time expired to push the game to overtime and fellow rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic drilled a late 3-pointer to put the game away late in the extra session.

Golden State trails the Houston Rockets by two games for the top overall seed in the Western Conference playoff chase. They’ve already clinched another Pacific division title, but they are at risk for missing out on the top seed. Every game counts as they hit the stretch run.


Warriors by 12


Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Zaza Pachulia -- It might not be the matchup people bought tickets to see, but it’s the matchup they’re going to get. With the Warriors banged up, Pachulia has stepped up and filled a valuable role in the middle. He’s strong as an ox and does all the dirty work. Cauley-Stein is getting his legs back under him after missing 10 days with a back strain. He’s improved in year four, but still needs to work on his consistency.  


Kings: 22-47, fourth place in Pacific

Warriors: 52-16, first place in Pacific


Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (hip contusion) questionable, SF/SG Iman Shumpert (knee rehab/plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out until January.

Warriors: PF Jordan Bell (ankle) probable, PG Quinn Cook (hand contusion) probable, PF David West (arm cyst) probable, SF Kevin Durant (ribs soreness) out, PG Steph Curry (ankle) out, SG Klay Thompson (thumb) out, SG Patrick McGaw (wrist) out.


Wounded Warriors -- Golden State will play without three of their four All-Stars. The Kings took advantage of the Warriors early in the season when they were the similar situation of missing All-Stars. Sacramento needs to stay the course and continue to play with effort as they finish the schedule, regardless of who suits up for their opponent.

Big Moments -- If there is one thing that stands out in the 2017-18 season for Sacramento, it’s the clutch plays by the young players. Fox has four shots in his rookie season that either won or tied a game in the final seconds. Bogdanovic, Skal Labissiere and Buddy Hield have come through with big shots as well.  

Come Out Firing -- The best way to beat the Warriors is to make them work for their shots. The best way to make them work for their shots is to score baskets and set up the defense. If the Kings can put up an efficient offensive night, they have a shot of dethroning the shorthanded champs.


The Kings and Warriors are all knotted at one game apiece in the season series. Golden State holds a 201-187 lead in the all-time series and a 73-66 advantage during the Sacramento-era.